Tonehammer Old Busted Granny Piano KONTAKT DVDR-DYNAMiCS
Tonehammer Old Busted Granny Piano KONTAKT DVDR-DYNAMiCS
The Old Busted Granny Piano is pretty special to us, though it doesn't sound all that fancy. Actually, it sounds pretty damn rough around the edges, but that’s just the way we like her. Sure, there are plenty of other great upright piano libraries out there, with their shining lacquer and pristine strings, but none of them ever captured the authentic beauty of a cheap, dusty, beat up, rusting, long untuned upright piano. This is the kind of old heap your grandma had in her living room. This particular instrument has been in Soundiron co-founder Chris Marshall’s family for many years, before being passed on from one new home to the next. This was also one of the very first instruments Mike Peaslee deep-sampled. We don't know the brand or model off hand, but she looked to be about 60 or 70 years old and quite beat up the last time we saw her.

Her tone is watery and faded. There are a number of broken and dissonant strings, especially in the upper register. The wood is pitted, faded and banged up and the ivory is missing from a number of keys. Every key lands with a loud, wobbly, wooden thud and and lifted with a hollow rattle as soon as you lift your finger again. Sometimes, she seems creak and groan in the middle of the night, for no reason at all really. Clearly, the years have not been kind to her looks or her voice, but the soul of this old upright piano truly has aged like a fine moonshine.

We captured 3-4 velocity layers on all keys, with added round-robin variation on the two middle octaves in the mf range.There are actually two independent release trigger samples for every note to better replicate the natural behavior of the instrument as we recorded it. Each note has separate string release samples and key release samples.The "key” release trigger is the soft, distant sounding mechanical wooden "thud” that naturally occurs whenever any key is lifted, even after the resonance has faded. The piano was so old and rickety that you'd have to very slowly releases the sustain pedal or all of the hammers come crashing back down on the strings and occasionally even get stuck there if you lifted your foot too quickly.

Originally recorded in 2006 and released by Tonehammer in 2008, this library has become a classic, finding its way into an endless roster of soundtracks, trailers, commercials and records. For this brand new 2.1 version of our Granny Piano, we’ve tweaked the mapping and layering to make it feel more responsive and natural, combined the "Tuned” and "Untuned” versions into a single preset with an easy Tuning mode switch and implemented our proprietary voice management technology to minimize noise-?oor build-up while maintaining performance. We’ve also incorporated a full range of user controls to allow total sonic shaping. and ?ne control over every detail of the sound. The brand new Geriatrocities atmospheric sustains presets include 12 custom ambiencies that can be blended and shaped freely.

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The Alien Drum (aka Hang Drum – trademarked by Pan Art) is a unique tone based percussion instrument, which is almost impossible to come by, since there is only one maker in the world and less than 1000 drums in circulation. The instrument has a soft, sorrowful, melancholic tone to it and is a perfect companion for emotional or ambient type of scores. The Tonehammer Alien Drum is unique in the sense it was recorded at an average of 15 velocity layers and with 10 round-robin repetitions pr. layer/note, so you will never experience any repetition in the articulation.

We used custom microphone set-ups to capture the delicate resonance both inside and outside the drum, since the resonance defines the true sound of the drum. Additionally we sampled multiple playing techniques with fingers, palm, slaps, hand brushing and the back-side of the drum, which has the similar properties to the Udu. Multiple versions of all multis allow for a variety of ways to switch or fade between articulations while playing.

Tonehammer Alien Drum Facts:
Single finger tap on all 8 notes (including ding): 12 – 20 velocity layers, 10x round-robin 
Single finger mute on all 8 notes (including ding): 12 – 20 velocity layers, 10x round-robin
Fingertip ping on all 8 notes (including ding): 12 – 20 velocity layers, 10x round-robin
Palm slap on all 8 notes (including ding): 12 – 20 velocity layers, 10x round-robin
Sound Hole thumps: 12 velocity layers each, 10x round-robin
Sound Hole edge pings: 8 velocity layers each, 10x round-robin 
Hand Brushes included in finger tap patches: 3 styles, 5-9 velocity layers each, 10x round-robin
Articulation switching multis (sustain pedal, cc22, midi channel or modwheel fading/switching)
All multis in standard 8 note and full-range chromatic tuning versions
1/4 sized Low-Memory versions of all multis (slightly fewer velocity layers, 4x round-robin) 
26 instrument patches, 4064 samples, 1.99 GB installed, 468 MB .rar download
Tonehammer Waterphone KONTAKT DVDR-DYNAMiCS Tonehammer Waterphone KONTAKT DVDR-DYNAMiCS
We decided to sample this instrument deeper and more creatively then ever before in the history of samples. The best current water phone libraries contains approx. 180-200 samples, which is less then 1/15 of the Tonehammer Waterphone, which contains a mighty 2,903 samples recorded with a variety of bows, a huge set of mallets, metal devices, hands and other contraptions. 

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# Bowing (no water) Slow, Medium, Fast FX
# Bowing sweep (water) Slow, Medium, Fast FX
# Bowing 2-note legato
# Bowing Sustain (with and without water)
# Bowing Staccato
# Bowing FX grinding w/ tine buzz (with and without water)
# Bowing FX w/ magnets
# Bowing FX w/ hydrophone (underwater mic)
# Bowing FX w/vocals
# Bowing FX boiling at four different temperature levels
# Mallet Rubber (6-7 velocity layers – 6 round robin) at +16 tines
# Mallet Metal (6-7 velocity layers – 6 round robin) at +8 tines
# Hand Played "Metal Tabla" (10 velocity layers – 10 round robin) bottom and top
# Wooden Mallet (6-7 velocity layers – 6 round robin) at +20 tines
# Hydro Mallets (6 round robin) at +20 tines
# Rubber, Metal and Wooden Mallet Sweeps (Slow, Medium, Fast)
# Waterharp Ambiences (Kontakt 3 only) by Steven Tavaglione
# Hydro-Vocal drones, phrases and more…
# Recorded with custom Neumann in studio (excluding wild FX)
# Extensive read me install, patch and hint documentation (.pdf) (download here)
# 57 instrument patches, 2.903 samples, 4.3 GB installed, 1.25 GB .rar download
# 22 Ambient Patches by Steven Tavaglione (Ambient music on Wall-E, American Beauty etc)
# Sample resolution: 44.1Khz/16Bit .wav format
# Format(s): Kontakt and .wav (note: Kontakt 2 not supported for bonus content)
# Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2 / 3 / 4 full retail versions required.
# Note: Free Kontakt Player will only work for 30 minutes with this product. Full version required to remove this restriction.
Cinematique Instruments Hammered Dulcimer Cinematique Instruments Hammered Dulcimer
The Instrument

The hammered dulcimer is a stringed instrument with 31 string pairs stretched over a trapezoidal shaped sound box. Usually, the hammered dulcimer is set on a stand in front of the musician, who holds small wooden mallet hammers to strike the strings.
The dulcimer has two bridges, a bass bridge near the right and a treble bridge on the left side. The bass bridge holds up bass strings, which are played to the left of the bridge. The treble strings can be played on either side of the treble bridge, playing them on the left side gives a note a fifth higher than playing them on the right of the bridge.

The strings of a hammered dulcimer are found in pairs, two strings for each note. Each set of strings is tuned in unison and is called a course. As with a piano, the purpose of using multiple strings per course is to make the instrument louder, although as the courses are rarely in perfect unison, a chorus effect usually results like a mandolin.. 

The Content

We recorded the hammered dulcimer in two microphone positions. At the top of the instrument we placed - in a ms stereo set-up - a pair of Neumann U87s and at the bottom we put a single condenser. These two positions are covering a wide range of sound and you are free to mix them at your own requirements. We played the hammered dulcimer in minor thirds and concentrated mainly on three different articulations. Firstly we recorded the „normal" notes which means that we hit the strings with the typical small wooden mallets, we called this articulation „Mallet". Furthermore we struck the strings with a drum stick which we called „Sticks" and finally we recorded an articulation where we struck the strings with a timpani mallet and damped the strings with the palm of the hand which we named „Muted". All these articulation were recorded in 4 round robin variation and up to 4 velocity layer.

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All in all we came out with an instrument which enriches your music with a nice and organic feel whether you used it as a solo or just as a background instrument.

The Package

One complex patch including three articulations and advanced scripting. Approx. data 2.5 GB (1.4 GB compressed). For more details please read the . reference manual.
Kontakt 4 full version is required
Pro Samples Vol.53 Classical Prepared Pianos Multiformat-CoBaLT Pro Samples Vol.53 Classical Prepared Pianos Multiformat-CoBaLT
The Pro Samples version includes: classical piano in outstanding quality as well as an acoustic Pop piano - velocity layered. Also prepared piano: unconventional playing techniques, Harpsichord, Flageolet effects, glissando cluster, Honky Tonk, playable piano effects. On one hand really brilliant pianos, on the other sounds you have never heard before.

Quote from an Electronic Musician test report: "The best part of Total Piano is how well all of the various timbres throughout the entire library work together. It really does sound like the creators concentrated on maximizing the potential of a single instrument. And they succeeded. Total Piano is a winner."
Puremagnetik PM Grand MULTiFORMAT-DYNAMiCS Puremagnetik PM Grand MULTiFORMAT-DYNAMiCS
A multi-sampled Yamaha Conservatory Grand Piano that includes a library of advanced instruments and looped clips in various styles.

This Pack contains a collection of 9 advanced instruments and 50 looped clips optimized for Ableton Live, Native Instruments Kontakt and Apple Logic. The included instruments contain multi-sampled programs with release and sustain tones, a "lite” version with a much smaller footprint, a reverse piano, an infinte sustained piano and several electrified tones.

Recording Specifications
Piano Type: Yamaha C3 6'1" Conservatory Grand
Microphones: Ccombination of a close pair of Neumann KM 84s in an XY configuration, along with a spaced pair of Earthworks omnidirectional mics. All mics recorded through a True Systems Precision 8 mic pre.

Programming Specifications
• 3 velocity zones on each of 88 keys.
• Key Release sounds for realistic mechanical nuances
• "Sustain Leakage” has captured the sound of all strings resonating when the sustain pedal is activated

System Requirements
• Requires Ableton Live 7 or higher, Kontakt 3 or higher, Logic 8 or higher
• 300 MB of physical RAM
• 400 Megabytes (MB) of free hard disk space